Novel iron-based polynuclear metal complexes [Feᴵᴵ(L)(CN)₄]₂–[Feᴵᴵᴵ(H₂O)₃Cl]₂: Synthesis and study of photovoltaic properties for dye-sensitized solar cell

Jue WANG, Chunya LI, Wing Leung WONG, Cheuk Fai Stephen CHOW

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Abstract

A series of novel polynuclear iron-based photosensitizers (1–3) with cyano-bridged to form a molecular square were synthesized and their optical, electrochemical, and photovoltaic properties were investigated. The modification of anchoring groups with 4,4'-dicarboxy-2,2'-bipyridine, 2,2'-bipyridine, and 4,4'-dimethoxy-2,2'-bipyridine does not show significant changes on the both absorption and electrochemical properties of these iron-based dyes. This indicates that the polynuclear iron-based photosensitizers have better flexibility to regulate their physical properties of solubility, surface absorption, and thin-film formation for device preparation. The polynuclear new dyes show power conversion efficiencies ranged from 0.43 to 0.48% that is almost the best system among the published iron-based photosensitizers. These iron-based dyes were able to chemisorb on TiO₂ surface efficiently and then promoting electron injection and photocurrent generation in a dye-sensitized solar cell with solar irradiation. Copyright © 2018 Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1164-1175
JournalRussian Journal of Electrochemistry
Volume54
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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Coordination Complexes
Metal complexes
Iron
2,2'-Dipyridyl
Photosensitizing Agents
Photosensitizers
Coloring Agents
Dyes
Electron injection
Photocurrents
Electrochemical properties
Conversion efficiency
Solubility
Physical properties
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Irradiation
Thin films

Bibliographical note

Wang, J., Li, C., Wong, W.-L., & Chow, C.-F. (2018). Novel iron-based polynuclear metal complexes [Feᴵᴵ(L)(CN)₄]₂–[Feᴵᴵᴵ(H₂O)₃Cl]₂: Synthesis and study of photovoltaic properties for dye-sensitized solar cell. Russian Journal of Electrochemistry, 54(12), 1164-1175. doi: 10.1134/S1023193518140094

Keywords

  • Polynuclear metal complexes
  • Iron
  • Dye-sensitized
  • Solar cell